Before walking onto the court for Game 1 at the Toyota Center in Houston, LaMarcus Aldridge stopped for a moment to joke with Rockets broadcaster and arguably the greatest Trail Blazer in franchise history, Clyde Drexler.
“When I walked by him I said ‘I’m coming for you’ and I meant in every stat possible,” said Aldridge. “He said I still have some work to do, but he said I could do it. I was joking with him about trying to break all of his records.”
Aldridge would break a record Sunday night in Houston, though it was a mark that even The Glide had never achieved in his 12-year career in Portland.
Thanks in large part to a franchise playoff high 46 points from Aldridge, the Trail Blazers were able to overcome a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Rockets 122-120 in overtime of Game 1 of the Western Conference playoffs. With the win, the Trail Blazers wrestle home court advantage away from Rockets and join the Warriors, Wizards, Hawks and Nets as teams that won Game 1 despite playing on the road.